Co-pilot among MASwings crash fatalities

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Malaysian regional operator MASwings has confirmed that the co-pilot of the crashed de Havilland Canada DHC-6 at Kudat has also succumbed to his injuries, bringing the number of fatalities to two.

The 30-year old aircraft, operating flight MH3002, had been transporting 14 passengers and two crew members from Kota Kinabalu. It crashed while attempting to land, striking a house in the vicinity of the airport.

MASwings confirms the two fatalities, including the co-pilot of the aircraft.

It states that the captain of the DHC-6 had accumulated over 4,700h in total. He joined the airline, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, in August 2011.

MASwings says the twin-engined aircraft's maintenance record shows that it was "fit to fly" and in "good condition".

"The investigation will be carried out by the authorities," says Malaysia Airlines group chief Ahmad Jauhari Yahaya. "Malaysia Airlines together with MASwings are fully co-operating and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

"Our utmost priority is to ensure complete well-being of our passengers, crew and other affected parties."